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The Bolles School of Florida leads MaxPreps Cup fall standings
While COVID-19 prevented 17 states from participating in high school sports this past fall, 33 others went ahead with athletic competition. Bolles (Jacksonville, Fla.) comes out on top as the best overall athletic program in the country for the dall season, according to the MaxPreps Cup rankings.

The MaxPreps Cup is an effort to rank the top high school athletic programs in the country. Points are awarded for state championships, state runner-up finishes and national rankings. Points are awarded based on popularity of sport, based on participation numbers, the size of the state, the size of schools in a playoff division and the number of teams participating in that playoff division.

Bolles won state championships in boys and girls swimming and girls cross country while grabbing runner-up finishes in football and boys cross country. With a total of 1,000 points, Bolles edges North Allegheny (Wexford, Pa.) (995) for the top spot in the nation. Due to its strong swimming program and cross country programs, Bolles has often finished near the top of the MaxPreps Cup rankings, 2020 marks the first time that it has finished at the top of the season rankings.

How the rest of the school year plays out will determine the final overall champion. The 17 states that did not field sports during the fall are making plans to have some sort of alternative fall season during the winter and spring months — along with the regular winter and spring sports. MaxPreps will have a Cup rankings update in March with final 2020-21 school rankings to post in July.
Bolles was the  Florida 4A football runner-up and leads the 2020-21 MaxPreps Cup standings after the fall season.
Photo by Annette Wilkerson
Bolles was the Florida 4A football runner-up and leads the 2020-21 MaxPreps Cup standings after the fall season.
MaxPreps Cup 2020-21 fall standings

1.    Bolles (Jacksonville, Fla.), 1,000
Fall state champions:
Boys swimming, girls swimming, girls cross country
Fall state runners-up: Boys cross country, football

2.    North Allegheny (Wexford, Pa.), 995
Fall state champions:
Boys cross country, girls volleyball, girls cross country
Fall state runners-up: Girls cross country

3.    Boise (Idaho), 886
Fall state champions:
Boys soccer, boys swimming, girls swimming, girls cross country
Fall state runners-up: Girls soccer, girls volleyball

4.    Century (Bismarck, N.D.), 872
Fall state champions:
Boys soccer, boys cross country, girls swimming, girls volleyball, football

5.    Signal Mountain (Tenn.), 802
Fall state champions:
Boys golf, boys cross country, girls soccer, girls cross country

6.    Marist (Atlanta), 799
Fall state champions:
Football, girls volleyball, girls cross country
Fall state runners-up: Boys cross country

7.    Southlake Carroll (Southlake, Texas), 754
Fall state champions:
Boys cross country
Fall state runners-up: Football, girls cross country

8.    Carmel (Ind.), 747
Fall state champions:
Boys tennis, girls cross country
Fall state runners-up: Boys cross country

9.    Sioux Falls Christian (Sioux Falls, S.D.), 741
Fall state champions:
Boys golf, boys soccer, boys cross country, girls volleyball
Fall state runners-up: Girls cross country

10.  Brentwood (Tenn.), 735
Fall state champions:
Girls volleyball, girls cross country
Fall state runners-up: Football


11.  American Heritage (Plantation, Fla.), 725
Fall state champions:
Football, girls golf
Fall state runners-up: boys golf

12.  Sugar-Salem (Sugar City, Idaho), 687
Fall state champions:
Boys cross country, football, girls volleyball, girls cross country
Fall state runners-up: Girls soccer

13.  Greenwood (Ark.), 658
Fall state champions:
Football, girls volleyball
Fall state runners-up: Girls cross country, girls golf

14.  Skutt Catholic (Omaha, Neb.), 651
Fall state champions:
Boys cross country, girls softball, girls volleyball
Fall state runners-up: Boys tennis

14.  Champlain Valley Union (Hinesburg, Vt.), 651
Fall state champions:
Boys golf, boys cross country, girls cross country
Fall state runners-up: Girls field hockey girls golf, girls soccer

16.  Auburn (Ala.), 647
Fall state champions:
Girls cross country
Fall state runners-up: Boys cross country, football, boys swimming

17.  Oviedo (Fla.), 645
Fall state champions:
Boys swimming, girls bowling
Fall state runners-up: Girls swimming

18.  Archbishop Hoban (Akron, Ohio), 640
Fall state champions:
Boys golf, football

19.  La Salle Academy (Providence, R.I.), 635
Fall state champions:
Boys cross country, girls soccer, girls tennis, girls cross country
Fall state runners-up: Girls field hockey

20.  ED White (Jacksonville, Fla.), 632
Fall state champions:
Boys swimming, boys cross country, girls swimming, girls cross country


21.  Lone Peak (Highland, Utah), 631
Fall state champions:
Boys golf, girls volleyball, girls cross country
Fall state runners-up: Football, girls tennis

22.  Pioneer (Ann Arbor, Mich.), 625
Fall state champions:
Girls swimming, girls cross country
Fall state runners-up: Boys tennis

23.  Cherry Creek (Greenwood Village, Colo.), 618
Fall state champions:
Boys tennis, football, girls cross country

24.  Manhattan Christian (Manhattan, Mont.), 617
Fall state champions:
Boys cross country, football, girls cross country
Fall state runners-up: Girls volleyball

25.  Laurel (Mont.), 612
Fall state champions:
Football, girls golf, girls soccer, girls cross country

26.  Catholic-B.R. (Baton Rouge, La.), 598
Fall state champions:
Boys swimming, boys cross country, football

27.  Aquinas (Overland Park, Kan.), 595
Fall state champions:
Girls volleyball, boys cross country, boys soccer

28.  Unionville (Kennett Square, Pa.), 590
Fall state champions:
Girls golf
Fall state runners-up: Boys golf, girls volleyball

28.  MICDS (St. Louis), 590
Fall state champions:
Boys soccer
Fall state runners-up: Boys swimming, football

30.  Westminster (Atlanta), 588
Fall state champions:
Boys cross country, girls volleyball, girls cross country


31.  Oak Hall (Gainesville, Fla.), 570
Fall state champions:
Girls cross country
Fall state runners-up: Boys cross country, football

32.  Mars (Pa.), 570
Fall state champions:
Boys soccer, girls soccer

33.  McCallie (Chattanooga, Tenn.), 569
Fall state champions:
Boys cross country, football
Fall state runners-up: Boys golf

34.  Greensburg Central Catholic (Greensburg, Pa.), 565
Fall state runners-up:
Boys soccer, girls soccer, girls golf

34.  Cranbrook Kingswood (Bloomfield Hills, Mich.), 565
Fall state champions:
Boys tennis, girls swimming

36.  Pope (Marietta, Ga.), 554
Fall state champions:
Girls cross country
Fall state runners-up: Girls softball, girls volleyball

37.  Lincoln (Sioux Falls, S.D.), 553
Fall state champions:
Boys golf, boys cross country, girls tennis
Fall state runners-up: Girls cross country

38.  Marquette University (Milwaukee, Wis.), 550
Fall state champions:
Boys soccer
Fall state runners-up: Boys volleyball, boys cross country

39.  St. Ignatius (Cleveland), 545
Fall state champions:
Boys soccer
Fall state runners-up: Boys golf

40.  Chaparral (Scottsdale, Ariz.), 542
Fall state champions:
Boys swimming, football, girls swimming


41.  Mountain Brook (Birmingham, Ala.), 538
Fall state champions:
Girls volleyball
Fall state runners-up: Boys cross country, girls cross country

42.  Trinity (Louisville, Ky.), 534
Fall state champions:
Boys golf, football

42.  Bentonville (Ark.), 534
Fall state champions:
Boys cross country, girls cross country, boys golf

44.  Jackson Hole (Jackson, Wyo.), 533
Fall state champions:
Boys cross country, girls cross country
Fall state runners-up: Boys golf, football, girls golf

45.  Jackson (Jackson, Mo.), 530
Fall state champions:
Boys soccer, football

45.  Kirtland (Ohio), 530
Fall state champions:
Football, girls soccer

45.  Huntsville (Ala.), 530
Fall state champions:
Boys cross country, girls swimming, boys swimming

45.  DeWitt (Mich.), 530
Fall state champions:
Boys soccer, football

49.  Hilton Head (Hilton Head Island, S.C.), 529
Fall state champions:
Girls volleyball
Fall state runners-up: Boys swimming, girls swimming, girls cross country

50.  Ponte Vedra (Ponte Vedra, Fla.), 528
Fall state champions:
Boys golf, girls volleyball


51.  Morgan (Utah), 526
Fall state champions:
Boys golf, girls soccer, girls cross country
Fall state runners-up: Football, girls volleyball

52.  Baylor (Chattanooga, Tenn.), 523
Fall state champions:
Boys golf, girls golf
Fall state runners-up: Girls volleyball

53.  Father Ryan (Nashville, Tenn.), 520
Fall state champions:
Girls soccer
Fall state runners-up: Boys cross country, girls cross country

54.  St. Xavier (Cincinnati), 519
Fall state champions:
Football
Fall state runners-up: Boys cross country

54.  Rocky Mountain (Meridian, Idaho), 519
Fall state champions:
Football, girls soccer
Fall state runners-up: Boys cross country

56.  Buford (Ga.), 516
Fall state champions:
Football, girls volleyball

57.  Sentinel (Missoula, Mont.), 512
Fall state champions:
Boys golf, football, boys cross country

57.  O'Gorman (Sioux Falls, S.D.), 512
Fall state champions:
Boys soccer, girls volleyball, girls cross country

59.  Wando (Mt. Pleasant, S.C.), 511
Fall state champions:
Girls volleyball, girls swimming
Fall state runners-up: Boys swimming

59.  St. Joseph's Academy (Baton Rouge, La.), 511
Fall state champions:
Girls swimming, girls cross country
Fall state runners-up: Girls volleyball


61.  Southern Columbia Area (Catawissa, Pa.), 510
Fall state champions:
Football, girls soccer

62.  Lewisburg (Pa.), 508
Fall state champions:
Boys soccer, boys cross country

62.  East Greenwich (R.I.), 508
Fall state champions:
Boys soccer, girls field hockey, girls soccer, girls cross country

64.  Cathedral Prep (Erie, Pa.), 505
Fall state champions:
Boys golf
Fall state runners-up: Football

65.  Niwot (Colo.), 504
Fall state champions:
Boys tennis, boys cross country, girls cross country

66.  Pace Academy (Atlanta), 503
Fall state champions:
Girls volleyball, girls cross country
Fall state runners-up: Boys cross country

67.  Hamilton (Chandler, Ariz.), 495
Fall state champions:
Boys golf, girls volleyball
Fall state runners-up: Football

68.  Bishop Miege (Shawnee Mission, Kan.), 493
Fall state champions:
Boys soccer, girls volleyball
Fall state runners-up: Boys cross country

69.  Lenawee Christian (Adrian, Mich.), 490
Fall state champions:
Boys soccer, football

70.  New Bremen (Ohio), 485
Fall state champions:
Football
Fall state runners-up: Girls volleyball


71.  St. Xavier (Louisville, Ky.), 484
Fall state champions:
Boys soccer, boys cross country

72.  Southside Christian (Simpsonville, S.C.), 475
Fall state champions:
Football, girls volleyball
Fall state runners-up: Boys cross country

72.  New Albany (Ohio), 475
Fall state champions:
Girls golf
Fall state runners-up: Boys soccer

74.  Eastside (Taylors, S.C.), 474
Fall state champions:
Boys swimming, boys cross country, girls swimming

75.  Merrol Hyde Magnet (Hendersonville, Tenn.), 473
Fall state runners-up:
Boys cross country, girls cross country, girls soccer

76.  Chiles (Tallahassee, Fla.), 470
Fall state champions:
Boys golf
Fall state runners-up: Girls swimming

77.  Cathedral (Indianapolis), 469
Fall state champions:
Football
Fall state runners-up: Girls soccer

78.  St. Thomas More (Lafayette, La.), 468
Fall state champions:
Football
Fall state runners-up: Girls swimming, girls volleyball

79.  Maryville (Mo.), 465
Fall state champions:
Girls volleyball
Fall state runners-up: Football

80.  Cardinal Gibbons (Fort Lauderdale, Fla.), 461
Fall state champions:
Football
Fall state runners-up: Girls volleyball


81.  Fort Wayne Bishop Dwenger (Fort Wayne, Ind.), 460
Fall state champions:
Girls soccer, girls volleyball

82.  Fairmont Senior (Fairmont, W. Va.), 452
Fall state champions:
Boys soccer, girls cross country
Fall state runners-up: Boys cross country, girls soccer

82.  Ankeny (Iowa), 452
Fall state champions:
Football, girls volleyball

84.  Windham (N.H.), 450
Fall state champions:
Boys soccer, girls field hockey
Fall state runners-up: Girls soccer, boys cross country

85.  Holy Innocents Episcopal (Atlanta), 448
Fall state champions:
Girls volleyball
Fall state runners-up: Boys cross country, girls cross country

86.  Grapevine (Texas), 445
Fall state champions:
Boys cross country
Fall state runners-up: Girls cross country

86.  Boerne-Champion (Boerne, Texas), 445
Fall state champions:
Girls cross country
Fall state runners-up: Boys cross country

88.  Ravenwood (Brentwood, Tenn.), 441
Fall state champions:
Girls soccer
Fall state runners-up: Boys golf

89.  Sacred Heart (Louisville, Ky.), 438
Fall state champions:
Girls field hockey, girls soccer

89.  Lovett (Atlanta), 438
Fall state champions:
Boys cross country
Fall state runners-up: Girls softball, girls cross country


91.  Salpointe Catholic (Tucson, Ariz.), 434
Fall state champions:
Boys cross country, girls cross country, girls volleyball

91.  Harding Academy (Searcy, Ark.), 434
Fall state champions:
Football
Fall state runners-up: Boys cross country, boys golf

93.  Metairie Park Country Day (Metairie, La.), 431
Fall state champions:
Boys cross country, girls volleyball
Fall state runners-up: Girls cross country

94.  Montague (Mich.), 430
Fall state champions:
Girls golf, football

94.  Burroughs (St. Louis), 430
Fall state champions:
Girls tennis, girls cross country

96. Creekside (St. Johns, Fla.), 425
Fall state champions:
Girls swimming
Fall state runners-up: Boys swimming

97. Cody (Wyo.), 422
Fall state champions:
Football, girls cross country
Fall state runners-up: Boys golf, girls swimming

98. Bishop England (Charleston, S.C.), 419
Fall state champions:
Boys cross country, girls tennis
Fall state runners-up: Boys swimming

98. Bozeman (Mont.), 419
Fall state champions:
Girls golf, girls cross country
Fall state runners-up: Boys soccer

100. Cheyenne Mountain (Colorado Springs, Colo.), 414
Fall state champions:
Boys golf
Fall state runners-up: Boys tennis, boys cross country
High school football: Teams with most OFFICIAL Top 25 finishes since 2010 - OFFICIAL
High school football: Teams with most MaxPreps Top 25 finishes since 2010
When it comes to high school football rankings, one school has bragging rights and it's a very familiar name — De La Salle (Concord, Calif.). The powerhouse program has finished ranked in the final MaxPreps Top 25 nine times since 2010.

The only year the Spartans finished outside the MaxPreps Top 25 was 2016, when when they went 11-2 and lost 56-33 to St. John Bosco (Bellflower) in the CIF Open Division state championship.

Bishop Gorman (Las Vegas) and Florida titan Central (Miami) are the other two schools to land in the MaxPreps Top 25 at least eight times.

Reigning national champion IMG Academy (Bradenton, Fla.) has been ranked in the MaxPreps Top 25 for each of the past six seasons, joining Chandler (Ariz.) and St. John Bosco (Bellflower, Calif.) as the only teams to be ranked for the past five seasons.

Texas has had the most teams finish in the MaxPreps Top 25 with 47, followed by Florida with 43, California with 36, Georgia with 16 and Ohio with 15.

Read on for a complete breakdown of teams with the most MaxPreps Top 25 finishes since 2010.
De La Salle in action during the 2019 CIF Open Division state championship game against St. John Bosco.
Photo by Louis Lopez
De La Salle in action during the 2019 CIF Open Division state championship game against St. John Bosco.
MaxPreps Top 25 finishes since 2010

2010 (No. 3), 2011 (10), 2012 (4), 2013 (8), 2014 (3), 2015 (3), 2017 (25), 2018 (9), 2019 (12)

2010 (25), 2011 (12), 2012 (15), 2013 (17), 2014 (2), 2015 (4), 2016 (1), 2017 (13)

2010 (9), 2011 (17), 2012 (23), 2013 (4), 2014 (11), 2015 (25), 2018 (20), 2020 (18)

2010 (24), 2012 (17), 2014 (18), 2015 (5), 2016 (15), 2017 (12), 2018 (14)

2012 (2), 2013 (25), 2014 (25), 2015 (1), 2017 (17), 2019 (15), 2020 (17)

2013 (3), 2014 (19), 2015 (6), 2016 (5), 2017 (8), 2018 (3), 2019 (1)

7 St. Thomas Aquinas (Fort Lauderdale, Fla.)
2010 (2), 2012 (20), 2014 (12), 2015 (15), 2016 (6), 2019 (3), 2020 (14)

2012 (5), 2013 (2), 2014 (1), 2015 (12), 2017 (3), 2018 (8)

6 Chandler (Ariz.)
2014 (16), 2016 (17), 2017 (11), 2018 (15), 2019 (10), 2020 (5)

6 IMG Academy (Bradenton, Fla.)
2015 (7), 2016 (3), 2017 (2), 2018 (5), 2019 (8), 2020 (1)

5 Bingham (South Jordan, Utah)
2010 (13), 2013 (20), 2014 (14), 2016 (19), 2017 (19)

5 Trinity (Louisville)
2011 (2), 2012 (18), 2016 (16), 2017 (9), 2020 (10)

2013 (21), 2016 (10), 2017 (4), 2020 (21)

2012 (8), 2013 (7), 2014 (24), 2016 (2)

4 Folsom (Calif.)
2010 (7), 2014 (4), 2017 (18), 2018 (17)

4 Lake Travis (Austin, Texas)
2011 (7), 2015 (9), 2016 (7), 2017 (16)

2016 (9), 2017 (1), 2018 (2), 2019 (2)

4 North Shore (Houston)
2015 (10), 2018 (1), 2019 (4), 2020 (7)

4 St. Edward (Lakewood, Ohio)
2010 (4), 2014 (17), 2015 (8), 2018 (24)

2010 (25), 2013 (22), 2016 (25)

3 Bellevue (Wash.)
2011 (14), 2012 (6), 2013 (9)

2012 (13), 2013 (1), 2014 (5)

2014 (6), 2015 (2), 2018 (25)

2018 (4), 2019 (6), 2020 (16)

2011 (5), 2012 (19), 2019 (18)

2011 (4), 2016 (4), 2020 (2)

2012 (12), 2013 (11), 2016 (23)

2011 (6), 2019 (20), 2020 (15)

2017 (5), 2018 (6), 2019 (5)

2018 (11), 2019 (16), 2020 (4)

3 St. Peter's Prep (Jersey City, N.J.)
2014 (10), 2016 (12), 2019 (23)

2017 (15), 2018 (7), 2019 (14)

2018 (16), 2020 (11)

2012 (25), 2013 (10)

2010 (17), 2012 (9)

2018 (22), 2020 (22)

2013 (15), 2014 (9)

2 Center Grove (Greenwood, Ind.)
2015 (19), 2020 (12)

2019 (17), 2020 (9)

2015 (16), 2016 (8)

2010 (6), 2011 (1)

2019 (9), 2020 (13)

2014 (20), 2015 (21)

2013 (14), 2015 (24)

2011 (8), 2014 (22)

2012 (3), 2013 (24)

2 Northwestern (Rock Hill, S.C.)
2010 (8), 2013 (5)

2017 (20), 2019 (11)

2015 (22), 2016 (11)

2 Skyline (Dallas)
2011 (25), 2014 (15)

2 South Panola (Batesville, Miss.)
2010 (1), 2014 (7)

2016 (20), 2017 (7)

2017 (14), 2018 (13)

2 St. Xavier (Cincinnati)
2016 (24), 2020 (20)

2 Thompson (Alabaster, Ala.)
2019 (24), 2020 (6)

2015 (11), 2020 (3)

Teams with one MaxPreps Top 25 finish:

Acadiana (Lafayette, La.), Archbishop Rummel (Metairie, La.), Archbishop Wood (Warminster, Pa.), Armwood (Seffner, Fla.), Ben Davis (Indianapolis), Bergen Catholic (Oradell, N.J.), Bixby (Okla.), Blue Springs (Mo.), Brother Rice (Bloomfield Hills, Mich.), Buford (Ga.), Carmel (Ind.), Carol City (Miami), Cass Tech (Detroit), Cathedral (Indianapolis), Cathedral Catholic (San Diego), Clay-Chalkville (Pinson, Ala.), Cocoa (Fla.), Covington Catholic (Park Hills, Ky.), Daphne (Ala.), Dekaney (Houston), Dwyer (Palm Beach Gardens, Fla.), East (Salt Lake City, Utah), East Jefferson (Metairie, La.), Ensworth (Nashville), Gilman (Baltimore), Gonzaga (Washington, D.C), Goose Creek (S.C.), Hamilton (Chandler, Ariz.), Jefferson (Tampa, Fla.), John Curtis Christian (River Ridge, La.), Jordan (Sandy, Utah), La Salle (Cincinnati), Lake Oswego (Ore.), Lakeland (Fla.), Lowndes (Valdosta, Ga.), Loyola Academy (Wilmette, Ill.), Male (Louisville), Mallard Creek (Charlotte, N.C.), Manatee (Bradenton, Fla.), Marietta (Ga.), Mentor (Ohio), Milton (Ga.), Mission Viejo (Calif.), Mountain Pointe (Phoenix), Mullen (Denver), Narbonne (Harbor City, Calif.), Norland (Miami), North Allegheny (Wexford, Pa.), North Gwinnett (Suwanee, Ga.), Northwestern (Miami), Oakland (Murfreesboro, Tenn.), Ocean Lakes (Virginia Beach, Va.), Olive Branch (Miss.), Page (Greensboro, N.C.), Palo Alto (Calif.), Pearland (Texas), Phoebus (Hampton, Va.), Pine-Richland (Gibsonia, Pa.), Plant (Tampa, Fla.), Prattville (Ala.), Rome (Ga.), Ryan (Denton, Texas), Saguaro (Scottsdale, Ariz.), Santa Margarita (Rancho Santa Margarita, Calif.), Spanish Fort (Ala.), St. Ignatius (Cleveland), St. Joseph Regional (Montvale, N.J.), St. Thomas More (Lafayette, La.), Steele (Cibolo, Texas), Stony Point (Round Rock, Texas), Trinity (Euless, Texas), Trinity Christian Academy (Jacksonville, Fla.), Union (Tulsa, Okla.), University (Fort Lauderdale, Fla.), University Lab (Baton Rouge, La.), Venice (Fla.), Warren Central (Indianapolis), Wheaton-Warrenville South (Wheaton, Ill.), Whitehaven (Memphis, Tenn.)

MaxPreps National Champions
Logan Nissley named 2020-21 OFFICIAL North Dakota High School Girls Basketball Player of the Year - OFFICIAL
Logan Nissley named 2020-21 MaxPreps North Dakota High School Girls Basketball Player of the Year
Each year since 2006, MaxPreps has recognized outstanding performers in high school basketball. America's source for high school sports continues the tradition to close out the 2020-21 season by naming the top player in each state. Selections are based on team success and individual excellence, in addition to local and state accolades.

Logan Nissley of Century (Bismarck) is the 2020-21 MaxPreps North Dakota High School Girls Basketball Player of the Year. The 5-foot-10 sophomore led the Patriots to a perfect 26-0 record and their third Class A state championship in four years.

Nissley broke single-season school records for points (556), points per game (21.4), 3-point shooting percentage (46.4), assists (100), steals (93) and steals per game (3.6).

Through the first 50 games of her career, Nissley has been credited with 880 points, 360 rebounds, 158 assists, 139 steals, and 91 blocked shots.

Head coach Ron Metz star is getting plenty of attention from high major Division I schools. Nissley earned North Dakota Associated Press Sportscasters and Sportswriters Association first team All-State honors.

Each state's MaxPreps Player of the Year will be considered for inclusion in the MaxPreps All-America Team.
High school basketball: David Peavy of Texas state champion Duncanville is 2020-21 OFFICIAL National Coach of the Year - OFFICIAL
High school basketball: David Peavy of Texas state champion Duncanville is 2020-21 MaxPreps National Coach of the Year
David Peavy led Duncanville to a second straight Texas Class 6A state championship and the No. 6 spot in the final MaxPreps Top 25 high school basketball rankings. In his three seasons at the Dallas-area school, the Panthers are 90-13 and haven't lost a playoff game. For his efforts, Peavy has been recognized as the 2020-21 MaxPreps National Coach of the Year.

Without an elite senior recruit, the Panthers used balance and stellar defense to finish 29-1 while winning by an average margin of nearly 25 points per game.

Duncanville avenged its only blemish of the season — an 88-85 home overtime loss to Waxahachie on Jan. 9 — with a 70-65 road win over the top seed in the regional final. The Panthers then knocked off Richardson 68-49 in the semis and beat Westlake (Austin) 66-53 for the title. 

If not for the 2020 state tournament being canceled due to the pandemic, Peavy's program could have been bidding for a three-peat. Duncanville was the top-ranked team in the state at the time the season was called off with a 29-5 record.
Duncanville coach David Peavy gives direction to talented sophomore Ronald Holland.
Photo by Robbie Rakestraw
Duncanville coach David Peavy gives direction to talented sophomore Ronald Holland.
The former Dekaney (Houston) coach made quite a debut for Duncanville in 2018-19, directing them to a 32-7 mark and 6A crown.

Those two teams had elite talent with the likes of Jahmi'us Ramsey, currently with the Sacramento Kings, and Peavy's son Micah Peavey, who just transferred from Texas Tech to TCU.

This year's Panthers relied on 6-foot-4 senior guard and Sam Houston State pledge Damon Nicholas Jr., SMU signee Zhuric Phelps (15.2 points per game), 6-8 sophomore forward Ronald Holland (13.8 points, 10.1 rebounds per game) and 6-3 senior guard and Alabama State commit Juan Reyna (13.4 points per game).

Peavy has coached at the high school or college level for 25 years.

Past MaxPreps National Coaches of the Year
2020 – No award given
2019 – Mike Thompson, McEachern (Powder Springs, Ga.)
2018 – Kevin Boyle, Montverde Academy
2017 – Wes Swift, Jonesboro (Ark.)
2016 – Pat Donnelly, U-D Jesuit (Detroit, Mich.)
2015 – Sam Duane Jr., Corona del Sol (Tempe, Ariz.)
2014 – Gary McKnight, Mater Dei (Santa Ana, Calif.)
2013 – Quincy Lewis, Lone Peak (Highland, Utah)
2012 – Danny Henderson, Marcus (Flower Mound, Texas)
2011 – Bob Hurley, St. Anthony (Jersey City, N.J.)
2010 – Ed Azzam, Westchester (Los Angeles)
Peavy's Panthers celebrate the program's fifth state title following a 66-53 win over Westlake.
Photo by Robbie Rakestraw
Peavy's Panthers celebrate the program's fifth state title following a 66-53 win over Westlake.

High school girls basketball rankings: Bearden, Minnetonka earn spots in OFFICIAL Top 25 as postseason looms for much of the country - OFFICIAL
High school girls basketball rankings: Bearden, Minnetonka earn spots in MaxPreps Top 25 as postseason looms for much of the country
Even in the best of times, high school basketball is wildly unpredictable. Teenage problems, high school drama and the ups and downs of adolescent life create oceans of uncertainty when it comes to figuring out how well a team might play on a given night.

This year, COVID-19 has kicked that baked-in unpredictability to new heights, especially when it comes to the MaxPreps Top 25. For example, No. 1 Lake Highland Prep (Orlando, Fla.) and No. 2 Westlake (Atlanta) were scheduled to play a game — but it was canceled. And with it was the on-the-court decider for the top spot. This week, No. 8 Norman (Okla.) was supposed to play Classen SAS (Oklahoma City), which had knocked off No. 13 DeSoto (Texas) earlier this season — but that game has been called off.

And now, as we move into postseason in many states (some of which will allow fans for the games), we can only expect more of the same. Some seasons will likely end with a COVID cancellation in the playoffs, maybe even a forfeit. Others may find themselves without key players or head coaches down the stretch thanks to contact tracing or test results.

The bottom line? What is usually a crazy sport will be crazier than ever in 2021, and anyone who has any confidence in any predictions just isn't paying attention. And though rankings are fun and state titles are impressive achievements, the most important result this year is that everyone involved with all these teams makes it through the season in good health.

This year, that's a championship worth playing for.

NOTE: We encourage all girls basketball teams to update schedules and results on MaxPreps – especially those in the mix for MaxPreps Top 25 consideration. For assistance or questions, please reach out to [email protected]
Through three games, junior star Jennah Isai of No. 18 Valley Vista (Surprise, Ariz.) is averaging 18.0 points, 5.7 steals and 5.3 rebounds per outing.
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Through three games, junior star Jennah Isai of No. 18 Valley Vista (Surprise, Ariz.) is averaging 18.0 points, 5.7 steals and 5.3 rebounds per outing.
MaxPreps Top 25 Girls Basketball Rankings

1. Lake Highland Prep (Orlando, Fla.)
Record: 14-0 | Last week: 1
The Highlanders start the 4A Region 2 playoffs Thursday and 19-4 Wesley Chapel is the likely second-round opponent. Ribault and American Heritage, which will be the biggest tests, are a ways down the road.

2. Westlake (Atlanta)
Record: 15-0 | Last week: 2
Westlake has some time off to prepare for the AAAAAA playoffs as the first game isn't until Feb. 23 at the earliest. At some point, though, expect a matchup with unbeaten Buford.

3. Mount Notre Dame (Cincinnati)
Record: 20-0 | Last week: 3
The Cougars finished the regular season with a convincing 67-39 win over a solid Notre Dame Academy team and move on to the Division 1 Princeton 2 playoffs Saturday against 32nd seed Middletown.

4. Hopkins (Minnetonka, Minn.)
Record: 6-0 | Last week: 4
The Royals should have smooth sailing until Feb. 18, when the bus will load up for a crosstown game at rival and new No. 25 Minnetonka — which came within one point of knocking off the nation's No. 4 team the first time around.

5. Edison Academy (Detroit)
Record: 0-0 | Last week: 5
We're pretty sure the Pioneers will finally begin their season Feb. 10 against Cornerstone Health & Tech but Michigan's rollout of winter sports hasn't been all that smooth. Maybe this time.

6. Incarnate Word Academy (St. Louis)
Record: 16-0 | Last week: 6
The toughest regular season game remaining for the Red Knights appears to be Burroughs on Feb. 24, but even then, the chances of an upset are remote. Postseason, however, will present more of a challenge.

7. Cypress Creek (Houston)
Record: 26-0 | Last week: 7
The Cougars have rampaged through the Houston area so far. That pattern of domination is likely to continue through the first two games in the 6A Region 3 playoffs. But No. 13 DeSoto or perennial power Duncanville will likely show up eventually, and that will be a different story.

8. Norman (Okla.)
Record: 12-0 | Last week: 8
There was a lot of anticipation surrounding Thursday's game vs. Classen SAS but unfortunately it was canceled, meaning the biggest challenge left before postseason will be a Feb. 19 trip to Edmond Memorial.

9. St. John-Vianney (Holmdel, N.J.)
Record: 3-0 | Last week: 9
It took a long time for New Jersey to get going, but it didn't take long for a big game to show up on the schedule: The Lancers against unbeaten Saddle River Day on Saturday. Luckily for the No. 9 team, it's in the friendly confines.

10. Paul VI (Chantilly, Va.)
Record: 9-0 | Last week: 12
Do the Panthers really deserve a top 10 ranking? If Virginia's best can beat talent-laden Bishop McNamara at home Saturday, there will be no doubt.

11. Montverde Academy (Montverde, Fla.)
Record: 19-1 | Last week: 12
The Eagles' season is complete unless an invite to the GEICO Nationals is forthcoming — and that assumes that the event is even played this year.

12. North Central (Indianapolis)
Record: 24-2 | Last week: 14
The 4A playoffs begin Saturday and the Panthers could potentially play two games in one day. The second could be against 20-4 Roncalli. Down the road, Bedford North Lawrence, which has a win over North Central, could make an appearance.

13. DeSoto (Texas)
Record: 20-2 | Last week: 13
To avoid a repeat of fights that have marred a couple of Eagle games, the DeSoto administration chose to forfeit the game against Cedar Hill last week.

14. Newark (Ohio)
Record: 19-1 | Last week: 16
The Wildcats wind up the regular season Friday, and will begin the Division 1 Central 4 playoffs Feb. 16 versus Mifflin. There are a lot of games in the Ohio postseason, and a lot of good teams, so there's no guarantee that Newark and No. 3 Mount Notre Dame will meet but it would be fun.

15. Fremont (Plain City, Utah)
Record: 18-0 | Last week: 15
The Silverwolves host 15-2 Syracuse on Friday in what should be the last test before the Utah 6A playoffs begin — but even then, Fremont is the heavy favorite to run the table.

16. Archbishop Wood (Warminster, Pa.)
Record: 2-0 | Last week: 18
The Vikings got a late start but are making up for lost time. There are three games in the next seven days, culminating with a Tuesday matchup against longtime rival and perennial power Cardinal O'Hara.

17. Grandview (Aurora, Colo.)
Record: 4-0 | Last week: 17
The Wolves will get their first test Friday traveling to unbeaten Arapahoe. The toughest tests, though, likely won't come until postseason.

18. Valley Vista (Surprise, Ariz.)
Record: 3-0 | Last week: 20
The Monsoon travel to 6-1 Hamilton on Friday, and though that spacious gym won't be unfamiliar, it's still a tough place to play.

19. Rutgers Prep (Somerset, N.J.)
Record: 3-0 | Last week: 19
Setting up games has been a challenge for a lot of teams this year, and the Argonauts are no exception — which is why the schedule is more likely to resemble a walk in the park than a walk on the wild side.

20. Anderson County (Lawrenceburg, Ky.)
Record: 13-0 | Last week: 22
The Bearcats slipped past Bethlehem 57-56 last week to stay in the MaxPreps Top 25 — but with unbeaten Elizabethtown and talented Sacred Heart back-to-back next week, the ranking is definitely in peril.

21. Hazel Green (Ala.)
Record: 29-1 | Last week: 21
The Trojans are ready to start the 6A playoffs, and won't face 7A Hoover again, as the schools are in different divisions. And Hazel Green has already beaten the second- and third-ranked 6A teams handily, so it could be a relatively easy ride the rest of the way.

22. Ponchatoula (La.)
Record: 26-0 | Last week: 23
The Bayou State's best beat Mt. Carmel, the second-ranked 5A team, by 21 on Monday. The Green Wave have two games remaining in the regular season before the playoffs begin Feb. 18.

23. Upperman (Baxter, Tenn.)
Record: 25-0 | Last week: 25
The regular season is over, and the Division II playoffs won't start until Feb. 20, so the Bees will have plenty of time to get busy on the practice floor.

24. Bearden (Knoxville, Tenn.)
Record: 19-1 | Last week: NR
The Bulldogs jump into the rankings thanks to a 47-39 win over previous No. 10 Ensworth. This offsets an early season loss to Alcoa, which has won 13 of its last 16 games. A trip to 24-2 Grainger is on the docket Saturday.

25. Minnetonka (Minn.)
Record: 7-1 | Last week: NR
It's rare that a team gets into the MaxPreps Top 25 thanks to a loss, but the Skippers' ability to come within one point of No. 4 Hopkins got them a bid. That said, unbeaten Chaska is Friday's opponent, so the celebration could be short.

Dropped out: No. 10 Ensworth (Tenn.), No. 24 Johnston (Iowa)